aDDLib hasn't starred in movies, and you probably won't find him in a
production of Riverdance anytime soon, but that doesn't mean he's not a
triple threat. A talented rapper, studio artist and graphic designer,
aDDLib — the moniker of lifelong Oklahoma City resident Dewayne Butler —
is quite the total package.
"I try to balance drawing, graphic design and music. I use each to feed my creativity," he said. "My first love was art. I've been drawing practically my whole life. That turned into a passion for graphic design. I really enjoy being able to express myself through art; it may be through words, pictures or both."
A longtime fixture of the Oklahoma hip-hop scene, he was a member of Puzzle People, the hip-hop collective that helped keep rap alive in the Sooner State when it was otherwise dead.
It was a modest start for aDDLib, who found that hip-hop helped him move past his shyness.
"For the longest time, I never really told my friends that I rapped. I was a quiet kid in high school, so I just kept it a hidden," Butler said. "I started taking it seriously once I finally let people listen my music and got a positive response. It made me want to continue to do music and keep progressing."
His early material was shaped by his love of West Coast rap heavyweights Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur.
"I'm inspired by great writers," Butler said. "I have a true love for words and the way that they are put together. Clever writing is mainly what draws me to an artist and is what I admire the most and try to incorporate in my music."